[New York: 1925]. Folding brochure, 9.25 x 15 inches, folded into four panels. Light wear and soiling, particularly to lower edge; signed by Anderson at top of first panel. Very good. Item #1210
Brochure printing reviews of the play "Appearances," the first full-length play written by an African-American to be produced on Broadway. Garland Anderson (1886-1939) was a Kansas native. He left home at an early age and held a variety of jobs, eventually discovering the New Thought movement. He wrote the semi-autobiographical "Appearances" and, with the help of Al Jolson, got the production onto Broadway. The brochure here reprints reviews of the play, together with some biographical information on the author. One headline reads, "Play described as outward expression of keen inner desire to serve humanity." Anderson would go on to become a New Thought minister and relocate to the U.K. The brochure bears a presentation inscription from him which reads, "Success to H.G. Villa from Garland Anderson" -- possibly inscribed to the Mexican-American artist Hernando G. Villa.